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News / Chicago ARTCC Seeking a Webmaster
« Last post by Matthew Campbell on Today at 01:38:37 pm »
Job Title: Webmaster
Location: Chicago ARTCC and all ATC facilities within its area of control.
Date Posted: 12/12/2018
Submission Deadline: 01/1/2019

Chicago is looking for a motivated individual that possess a high degree of energy and commitment to serve as the Webmaster

Job Requirements:
Supports the Chicago ARTCC’s mission of “Creating a Positive Environment to Learn, Control, and Fly.”
Serves as a Leader to coach and motivate controllers while upholding a culture that builds exceptional internal and external pilot experiences.
Manages and oversees the ARTCCs data services including web content and delivery, web services, email systems, data storage systems, etc.
Must respond quickly to website and data system needs.
Develops and implements policies and procedures for operation and maintenance of the ARTCC web and data systems
Supports and participates in initiatives that give back to the VATSIM community.
Supports the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse range of talented people.
Holds self and others accountable to high-performance standards while providing pilots with memorable experiences.
Ability to listen to feedback and take constructive action.
Maintains an online presence on the VATSIM server and ZAU TeamSpeak.
Attends periodic meetings to report on ARTCC activities.

Application Requirements:
Must be proficient in modern web programming languages and techniques, including PHP Object Oriented Programming, HTML, PHP/MySQL, CSS, Laravel
Must be an active member of the network in good standing.
Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
Must be able to work in a team environment.
Must be available for regular correspondence (via the primary means of e-mail), as well as routinely checking VATUSA forums and other outlets for official notices.
Preferred Skills
Demonstrated custom web programming with PHP/MySQL in a production environment, Commercial/Enterprise class experience
AJAX/Javascript
RSS/XML and DOM
Familiarity with APIs for other applications (Google, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview.

Applications should include:
Cover letter
Full Name, active e-mail, and VATSIM CID.
Résumé
Availability for an interview.

Applications must be received no later than 23:59z, 1st January 2019.
Please send applications to Matthew Campbell ATM@zauartcc.org
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Simple Insanity / Re: Black Friday Sales
« Last post by Aharon Dayan on Today at 12:53:22 pm »
Cannot use headsets 
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General Discussion / Re: Mode C Transponders
« Last post by Matthew Kosmoski on Today at 12:42:05 pm »
I was just forcibly removed and banned from the network within 60 seconds of the Supervisor contacting me. I had no time to react. The supervisor was abusing his powers to say the least but, thats old news.

Any progress or status updates on following up with supervisors@vatsim.net?
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News / Position Posting: Honolulu Seeks Webmaster!
« Last post by Dylan Lundberg on December 11, 2018, 11:20:04 pm »
Position Posting - HCF Webmaster

Purpose
The Honolulu Control Facility (HCF)  is currently seeking a Webmaster who will provide effective management and leadership of the ARTCC's data services, including but not limited to web content development and delivery, web services, email systems.

Key Responsibilities:
-   Report to HCF Air Traffic Manager and Deputy Air Traffic Manager
-   Develops, Manages and oversees HCF Teamspeak, Web Services, APIs, E-mail and Voice Server, etc;
-   Must respond reasonably quickly to web site and data systems needs
-   Develops and implements policies and procedures for operation and maintenance of the ARTCC new web and data systems
-   Other duties as assigned by ATM/DATM.
-   Select an assistant as needed.
-   Functions as an Administrator and staff member to attend meetings are needed.


Requirements
-   Must be an active member of the VATSIM network in good standing with a with no history of unethical practices or misuse of technology.
-   An active member of HCF or willing to transfer to HCF if selected;
-   Capable of working well in a team-oriented environment
-   Must be proficient with modern web programming languages and techniques, including PHP Object Oriented Programming, HTML, PHP/MySQL, CSS
-   Must have excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Skills
-   Demonstrated custom web programming skills and expertise.
-   AJAX/Javascript
-   RSS/XML and DOM
-   Familiarity with APIs for other applications (Google, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
-   Leadership, managerial, or supervisory experience
-   C1 Controller (not required)

How to Apply
Candidates can expect a 4-stage interview and hiring process:

1. An initial evaluation of their application
2. Comprehensive interview
3. Review
4. Selection of Candidate

Candidates will be contacted after each stage and advised of the next step.

Applications should include:

- Full Name, Active Email, and VATSIM CID
- Resume (1-page)
- Cover Letter detailing your experience and any other relevant information you would like to provide (not to exceed 2-pages)


Candidates may optionally include an extensive letter of intent that outlines in detail their plans and vision for HCF in this position. 

Candidates should email their application package to atm[at]hcfartcc.net and datm[at]hcfartcc.net

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.  Good luck!
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News / Position Posting: Honolulu Seeks Training Administrator!
« Last post by Dylan Lundberg on December 11, 2018, 11:17:33 pm »
Position Posting - HCF Training Administrator

Purpose

The Honolulu CF (HCF) is seeking a qualified, professional and motivated individual to fulfill the role of Training Administrator (TA) to develop and maintain the HCF training department and be the mediator between the CF and VATUSA regarding the hiring of Instructors and VATSIM GRP Training compliance.

Key Responsibilities

- Oversees, develops and Manages the HCF training program.
- Reports to the HCF Air Traffic Manager (ATM) and VATUSA Training Director (VATUSA3).
- Hires effective Instructors (I1) and Mentors as needed for HCF requirements.
- Develops scenario files using Situation Editor for usage in Tower Trainer.
- Administer Over-the-Shoulder (OTS) Examinations on Sweatbox or the live VATSIM network.
- Train and evaluate members of varying skill levels and controller rating.
- Maintains controller and student quality by adhereing to local standards and VATSIM GRP.
- Develop HCF training policies and procedures.
- Other duties as assigned by the HCF ATM or DATM, or VATUSA3

Requirements

- Hold at least a C1 rating for at least 6 months.
- Have held a rating of I1 for at least 30 days at any given time before hiring date.
- Have previous training experience.
- Have no history of disciplinary or unprofessional conduct in the last 12 months.
- Be capable of working well in a team-oriented environment.
- Have a strong knowledge of the United States Airspace and Air Traffic Control systems.
- Must be familiar with the FAA JO 7110.65X.
- Understanding of the VATSIM Global Ratings Policy and how it applies to the development of a training program.
- Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Have the ability to create professional looking documents using Word or similar software.

Preferred Skills

- Supervisory, training, or management experience in the virtual or real world.
- Previous or current ARTCC Senior Staff experience.
- Instructor or Mentor experience within VATSIM.
- Knowledge of Aircraft Situation Editor and TWRTrainer; will train if never utilized.
- High Engagement with teaching and helping others develop relevant skills through their virtual ATC career.

Interested candidates should be aware that this is not an entry-level position and not for the inexperienced. The workload is considerable (4+ hours a week, in addition to facility activity requirements) and should not be taken lightly. Only those who understand the requirements and can make the appropriate commitment should consider applying.

Candidates can expect the following hiring process:

1. An initial evaluation of their application (ATM)
2. Comprehensive interview (ATM)
3. VATUSA Review
4. Selection of Candidate


Applications should include:

- Full Name, Active Email, and VATSIM CID
- Resume
- Cover Letter and/or Letter of Intent (Include your vision for the HCF Training department)

Candidates should email their application package to atm[at]hcfartcc.net.

This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. Good Luck!
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General Discussion / Re: Mode C Transponders
« Last post by Owen Bliss on December 11, 2018, 08:08:15 pm »
Owen,

Situations like this happen from time to time, and it could really be about anything, this one is about transponders. My advice to you is turn this into a teaching moment not just for yourself, but the controller also. It is very easy to get caught up in the moment and get defensive or try to argue your point, but at the end of the day was it worth it? You received a 48hr ban for not hitting a single button? I mean come on dude!

I have been sent contact me messages many many many times before where I was flying VFR and the controller thought he needed to talk to me. What did I do? I contacted them!! If it was a ARTCC I was familiar with I would kindly hop on the TS, find the controller, and have a nice conversation about what I was doing. 99% of the time the controller learns a lot from it, and supervisors aren't called. If you are not familiar with the ARTCC just simply file some feedback for that controller for the ARTCC staff to review, in the meantime comply with the contact me requests to be on your way.

See my point? It's kinda silly in the grand scheme of things.

I agree with you, it's silly. However, It's not as if I was protesting not turning on my transponder. I was just forcibly removed and banned from the network within 60 seconds of the Supervisor contacting me. I had no time to react. The supervisor was abusing his powers to say the least but, thats old news.
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Events / Sunset at Pikes Peak
« Last post by Jordan Cohen on December 11, 2018, 01:43:02 pm »


Come join the Denver ARTCC as we host Sunset at Pikes Peak! This event will take place on January 15th, 2019 from 23:59z - 4:00z.
In this event, we are featuring the City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport and Pueblo Memorial Airport. Come fly out and pack Denver ARTCC's only class charlie and its little brother!
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General Discussion / Re: Mode C Transponders
« Last post by Matt Bromback on December 11, 2018, 09:28:59 am »
Owen,

Situations like this happen from time to time, and it could really be about anything, this one is about transponders. My advice to you is turn this into a teaching moment not just for yourself, but the controller also. It is very easy to get caught up in the moment and get defensive or try to argue your point, but at the end of the day was it worth it? You received a 48hr ban for not hitting a single button? I mean come on dude!

I have been sent contact me messages many many many times before where I was flying VFR and the controller thought he needed to talk to me. What did I do? I contacted them!! If it was a ARTCC I was familiar with I would kindly hop on the TS, find the controller, and have a nice conversation about what I was doing. 99% of the time the controller learns a lot from it, and supervisors aren't called. If you are not familiar with the ARTCC just simply file some feedback for that controller for the ARTCC staff to review, in the meantime comply with the contact me requests to be on your way.

See my point? It's kinda silly in the grand scheme of things.
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General Discussion / Re: Mode C Transponders
« Last post by Matthew Kosmoski on December 10, 2018, 11:18:32 pm »
VATSIM COC requires that pilot's not squawk standby.

COC A.B.4 - "Except while on the ground prior to making initial contact with ATC or upon request of ATC, a pilot should not squawk standby. A pilot should not squawk standby while flying to his destination, even when there is no appropriate Enroute air traffic control available."

If that is indeed the rule, the word "should" means that it is recommended, not required.

I seccond this.

While I fully agree with you from a policy-compliance language perspective, there are plenty of places where they've documented an interpretation otherwise, effectively creating a precedence of s/should/shall/g on matters like these.  As with anywhere else, interpretive precedence often carries more weight than the letter of the law.  You could go argue this to them, but the same interpretation has held fast for years, and continues to be held.  About the only way you'd be able to make any meaningful change on that front is to work your way to the top.

For what it's worth, I dislike the mode-c everywhere rule (and I'd never wallop a pilot for it), and I dislike a number of the other rules that are mandated from above, but they're the rules we agreed to when we sign up.  So long as they persist, we have already agreed to be bound by them.  I don't even wallop non-responsive pilots unless they actually create a problem, and even then, I do my hardest to work around them.  Simple mistakes don't always deserve the ban hammer, especially if they're not actively detracting the fun of the others online.
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General Discussion / Re: Mode C Transponders
« Last post by Owen Bliss on December 10, 2018, 09:23:29 pm »
VATSIM COC requires that pilot's not squawk standby.

COC A.B.4 - "Except while on the ground prior to making initial contact with ATC or upon request of ATC, a pilot should not squawk standby. A pilot should not squawk standby while flying to his destination, even when there is no appropriate Enroute air traffic control available."

If that is indeed the rule, the word "should" means that it is recommended, not required.

I seccond this.
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